Purchasing snack vending machines for your place of business, whether to make extra revenue from customers or to set up in break rooms for employees, is a process. Once the vending machine is delivered and installed, you need to worry about where your product is coming from, how often and when you are going to have to restock.
First, you need to choose the type of product you are going to stock your snack vending machines with. You don’t want to pick things only based on your likes and needs, you need to be aware of your employees or your customers and what they will be looking for. Have as much variety as possible; sweets are great and a staple, but choices like trail mix and fruit bars are going to satisfy the health conscious. The more needs you can satisfy, the more purchases will be made.
You also want to pick brands from your snack vending machines that are popular and easily recognizable. When people are familiar with a food, they’ll more likely purchase it than something that’s new or different. That doesn’t mean, however, you can’t try a new product or two in some of the slots and test out sales. Look to private companies that may be trying to get their products on the market. You can help them get their name out and in turn make good connections with people in the snack food industry.
You need to also decide on whether you are going to be picking up the products to fill your snack vending machines yourself, or have a delivery service do it for you. It’s often easier to do yourself if you only have one or two Vending machies. Wholesale club stores are a great place to look as you can often get large quantities of snacks for cheap prices. Also look into online wholesalers that specialize in candy and snacks.
There are places that will deliver and replenish your snack vending machine for you, which is a great option if you have a lot of machines or just don’t have the time to do the task yourself. The service may cost you a bit more than doing it yourself, but it’s going to save time and effort.
Lastly, you’ll want to have a set routine for refilling. Get a feel for how often things sell out and try to be on top of it. The longer you let a vending machine go with empty shelves, the more potential sales you are losing. You’ll always want to refill outside of your normal operating hours, so it can be done without getting in anyone’s way.
A snack vending machine can be a great investment. You just need to prepare what you are going to sell and how you are going to go about stocking it before hand, so everything runs smoothly.